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Cliff Curtis lands starring role in Hollywood blockbuster sequel

The Kiwi actor has just scooped the role of a lifetime.
Cliff Curtis has landed a starring role in the Avatar sequelsGetty Images

New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis has reportedly landed a starring role in the sequel to the mega-blockbuster hit, Avatar.

According to NZME the Whale Rider star will feature in all four of the James Cameron films which are set to begin production in Wellington next year.

Avatar producer Jon Landau said Curtis’ was a “great actor” adding he was a “shining example of the extraordinary creative talents from New Zealand’s film community that have drawn us to produce our films in in the country”.

Curtis will star alongside returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver.

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Avatar still holds the top spot for the highest-grossing film of all time following its 2009 release which grossed over $4 billion at the box office.

The first of the sequels is set to hit cinemas in 2020, with the final film set for release in 2025.

In the meantime, fans of the sci-fi flick will be able to catch Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show TORUK – The First Flight when the show tours New Zealand later this year.

Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight is set to take off in Christchurch in September. Photo: Supplied

The travelling extravaganza will debut at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena from September 1-10, before travelling to Auckland’s Spark Arena from September 15-24.

The show is set in the visually stunning world of Pandora and features a combination of acrobatics, puppetry and stagecraft.

Created by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, the show is described as a “living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.”

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